Teaching Resources

"Focused on dressing skills and self-expression through dressing … the [Dressing for Success] project integrates occupational therapy, daily living skills development, and art education to improve academic and functional performance…" Included are goals, objectives, and teaching strategies aligned with New York Learning Standards.

Source: Art Beyond Sight

Aimed at educators of children with visual impairments or deafblindness, this publication has advice for the classroom and the team meeting room. Available in PDF or Word formats.

Source: The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC)

Susan Osterhaus offers suggestions for materials, activities, and resources to help young children develop simple mathematical concepts.

Source: Susan's Math Technology Corner, Texas School for the Blind (TSBVI)

Karl R. White discusses the importance of early detection of hearing loss; available in English and Spanish.

Source: Texas School for the Blind and Visually Impaired (TSBVI)

This article includes sections on teaching your infant about food, starting solid food, and helping your toddler learn table manners.

Source: FamilyConnect for Parents of Children with Visual Impairments

Basic advice for teachers and tutors on working with a student who is blind or visually impaired.

Mary Zatta and Diane Pullin describe the impact of "alternate assessment as part of standards-based education reform." They review state efforts to implement alternate assessments for students with significant cognitive disabilities, with a focus on Massachusetts' solution.

Source: Education Policy Analysis Archives

Some of the challenges, myths, and beliefs encountered in Kenya when addressing the needs of children with visual impairment and additional disabilities; suggestions for developing effective strategies.

Source: International Council for the Education of People with Visual Impairment (ICEVI)

CECDVI outlines their belief "that special consideration must be given to the issues facing those who are twice exceptional." A position paper by Stuart Omdal, Sandra K. Ruconich, Kay Alicyn Ferrell, and Anne L. Corn. 


Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)

This 134-page handbook advises the general classroom teacher on "curriculum plus skills," materials, adaptations, and additional resources.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)

Future Reflections (1985)

This checklist prepared by Nebraska Advocacy Services contains both the legal requirements that define the IEP process and some common sense issues that parents may wish to consider during the IEP preparation and meetings. A later (1995) version prepared by Maryland Disability Law Center is linked here.

Source: National Federation of the Blind (NFB)

Link here to a text transcript of a slide presentation by Karen Blankenship and Mary Ann Siller. Download of the original PowerPoint presentation is also available.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Motor and cognitive skills essential to literacy are presented in a grid that shows how they interrelate and support a child's development (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader).

Source: Paths to Literacy

This page offers suggestions for helping young children develop greater independence in all areas of daily living, including mobility, toileting, eating, dressing and undressing.

Source: Royal National Institute of Blind People (RNIB)

In this presentation Peg Palmer describes her approach to environmental adaptations for children who are blind. Peg is a teacher for the Board of Education and Services for the Blind in Connecticut. 

Source: Paths to Literacy

In this video webcast, Dr. Karen Blankenship discusses the importance of using a combination of assessments: Functional Vision Assessment (FVA), Learning Media Assessment (LMA) and the Expanded Core Curriculum when assessing students with visual impairments.

Source: Perkins eLearning

Advice for conversing, giving directions, and acting as a sighted guide, as well as guidelines for behaving with tact and consideration, and respecting the independence of a person who is blind.

Source: American Foundation for the Blind (AFB)

Explains Expanded Core concepts from a parent's point of view, with additional advice from experts on individual ECC areas. Also available in Spanish.

Source: FamilyConnect

This 5-page position paper (Word doc) by Rosanne Silberman and Sharon Sacks outlines the competencies for teachers of students with visual impairments, and the additional skills necessary when children have other disabilities.

Source: Council for Exceptional Children – Division on Visual Impairments (DVI)